Located just outside of St. Louis, Missouri, O’Fallon, Illinois may not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking about the craft beer scene. However, this small town has been making big strides in recent years, thanks to a handful of local breweries that have set up shop and brought their unique brews to the area.
One of the standouts in the O’Fallon craft beer scene is the aptly named O’Fallon Brewery. Founded in 2000, this family-owned brewery has been creating award-winning beers for over 20 years. The brewery boasts a range of styles, from their flagship O’Fallon Wheach (a crisp, refreshing wheat beer with hints of peach), to their robust and malty Smoked Porter. Not only can you sample their offerings at their taproom, but you can also find their beer on shelves throughout the Midwest.
Another must-visit brewery in O’Fallon is Peel Brewing Company. While they may be newer on the scene (they opened in 2018), they have already made a name for themselves with their inventive brews. Their menu includes everything from traditional IPAs (try the Hazy Shade of Winter) to more experimental flavors (like the Bacon Maple Brown Ale, which does not disappoint).
If you’re looking for a spot to grab a beer and catch a game, look no further than Global Brew Tap House. With over 50 rotating taps, including both local and international breweries, there’s always something new to try. And while they don’t brew their own beer, they do offer flights, so you can sample a variety of styles without committing to a full pint.
Of course, no brewery tour of O’Fallon would be complete without a stop at St. Clair County’s first brewery, Reinvention Brewing Company. Opened in 2016, Reinvention is known for their inventive takes on classic styles, such as their Peanut Butter Porter, or their Coffee Cream Ale. Their taproom is cozy and inviting, making it the perfect spot for a laid-back evening with friends.
While the craft beer scene in O’Fallon may be smaller than some other cities, its breweries are certainly worth checking out for any beer enthusiast. And with new breweries popping up all the time, there’s no telling what other interesting flavors could be coming to this town in the future.